Support to families applying for a selective secondary school in Sutton

Published Thursday, 5th November 2020

The changes to the support offered by Sutton Council and Cognus to the admissions process comes as a result of the response to Covid-19.

Many schools have had to adapt processes which test for a child’s ability or aptitude as part of the admissions process. The schools in Sutton affected by this are:

  • Nonsuch High School for Girls
  • Sutton Grammar School
  • Wallington County Grammar School
  • Wallington High School for Girls
  • Wilson’s School
  • Greenshaw High School (selective places only)

First stage entrance tests are due to take place on 11 November and secondary stage tests, for the four schools which have them, on 28 November. Given the recent decision to enter a second period of ‘national lockdown’, Sutton Council has sought urgent clarification that the tests can continue and this has been provided from the Department for Education. Pupils should attend the entrance tests as planned. Parents who have questions about test arrangements should contact the schools directly.

Cognus administer admissions on behalf of the London Borough of Sutton and coordinate admissions for all secondary schools in the Borough. They have played an active role in working with other Local Authorities across London to ensure that parents will have the option to amend their secondary applications up until the 10 December 2020. This will enable parents to change their applications, if they wish to, following outcomes from the first stage entrance test outcomes. Cognus have been supporting families throughout the pandemic and can be contacted if parents have any questions about secondary admissions this year by calling 020 8770 5000.

Councilor Marian James, Chair of the People Committee said;

‘It is important that as a Council we continue to work closely with the schools, settings and partners to provide the simplest, safest processes for our children and young people. Despite new restrictions coming into play, I know parents and carers are busy supporting their children’s preparation for entrance exams and thinking about the future education options. I am pleased to see the Council, Cognus and schools working together to offer greater flexibility with preferences until later in December.”

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